Seymour breaks kills record

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Sharayah Seymour, left, received her All-State plaque from Padyn Beyer, the only other All-State recipient in volleyball from Cassville. Contributed photo

Past present meet to honor Cassville senior

It has been an eventful week for Cassville senior Sharayah Seymour.

On Oct. 12, the standout volleyball player was honored with her 2020 All-State plaque, presented to her by the only other recipient of the award from Cassville, 2005 graduate Padyn Beyer (Rose).

Then, over the weekend, Seymour broke two long-standing records held by Beyer, the single-season and career kill records.

On Oct. 14 against Monett, Seymour ended the night with 855 career kills, topping Beyer’s 2004 record of 840. Over the weekend, she also broke the single-season kills record, amassing 333 kills.

Seymour said the meeting on Oct. 12 for the All-State plaque was a huge honor.

“Seeing that Padyn was there to give me the All-State plaque meant a lot,” she said. “Knowing she was the first ever to get All-State for the Cassville volleyball program, I felt very honored to receive this from her. I find being the second ever All-State player a huge honor and glad to leave a part of me in the program once I graduate.”

Beyer said the feeling was reciprocated.

“It was such an honor to be a part of awarding Sharyah with her much deserved All-State award,” she said. “I was so excited when I saw the message from Coach [Briana] Kleine inviting me to present. I was looking forward to watching the team play as well. Earning All-State was and is one of my biggest life accomplishments. It was the first time in my life I got to see not only hard work, but diligent effort over time be rewarded. It wasn’t something that could be earned over night, but instead took years of discipline and dedication.

Seymour said for the younger players, reaching highest level of volleyball is only possible with hard work.

“Keep working hard,” she said. “There will be times school and sports will be hard, but you have be strong and keep fighting for what you want to achieve.”

Beyer said the more players practice, the better they will be.

“My biggest piece of advise for young players is get as many touches as you can,” she said. “Get in the gym as frequently as possible and be teachable. Be a student of the game, the strategy, not just the action. The best players can slow the game down and can see the court for weaknesses. If you want to be good at anything in life you must have discipline and hard work, especially on the days you don’t want to.

“Lastly, conditioning is key. Take the time to be in the best shape so you can use energy to focus on other aspects of the game.”

Beyer graduated in 2005 and played volleyball at Missouri Western State University, where she majored in biology. She was named All-State in her junior and senior years at Cassville.

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